Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 3 or Conor vs Nick Diaz ?
Of course, McGregor’s bitter rivalry with Nate Diaz provided fight fans with two memorable bouts. At UFC 196, Nate shocked the world by submitting the fiery Irishman. Months later at UFC 202, McGregor got his revenge via unanimous decision. Talks of a trilogy fight have been hot and cold since then, but not enough traction was ever gained.
As a result, Diaz is in talks to rematch Jorge Masvidal at UFC 257 in early 2021, while McGregor is currently enjoying the “retired” and engaged life. UFC president Dana White has already guaranteed that “Notorious” will not fight for him in 2020, which means a lot can happen from here until then that could get the ball rolling for either match up.
At the Dana White’s Contender Series 32 post-fight news conference Tuesday, White gave his thoughts on the reported 14-week training camp Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) recently went through and the return plans his team has projected to the media.
“Listen, the Nick Diaz thing,” White said. “First of all, we would never have released that or done that. We’ll see how this thing plays out. I don’t have any expectations whatsoever. We’ll see what happens.”
White was asked a follow-up question as to whether it was a wait-and-see scenario, to which the UFC president responded, “Yeah.”
Following a five-year suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission that was bumped down to 18 months, fans have repeatedly had the idea of a Diaz return dangled in front of them. Despite a lengthy absence from competition, his star power has risen.
With Nate seemingly in the process of locking down his next fight against “Gamebred,” UFC attempting to secure a big time a fight between Conor and Nick seems like a win-win situation for all parties involved.
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